As I read these posts, I have come across many abbreviations. Some I do not know. I will start a glossary in this thread so our uninitiated readers can decipher what is being said.
I will PM the poster of the abbreviation if I do not know what it means. Just let me know and I will add it to our list.
ABC- Airway Breathing Circulation
AED - Automated External Defibrillator
ALS - Advanced Life Support
ALI _ Automatic Location Identification
ANI - Automatic Number Identification
BLS - Basic Life Support
CHF - Congestive Heart Failure
COPD - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CVA - Cerebrovascular Accident = stroke
DCAP BTLS - Deformities, contusions, abrasions, punctures/penetrations, burns, tenderness, lacerations, swelling.
ED - External Defibrillator
EMD - Emergency Medical Dispatcher
EMT-II - Emergency Medical Technician II - can administer certain meds
EMT-D - Emergency Medical Technician Defibrillator trained
EMT-P - Paramedic
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ET - Endotracheal Tube = a tube into the airway
FF - Firefighter
FTO - Field Training Officer
LODD - Line Of Duty Death
MCI - Multiple-Casualty Incident
OPQRST- Onset, Provocation, Quality, Radiance, Severity, Time
Pedi TX - Pediatric Transport
PHAT tarp -Patient handling/assistance tarp, AKA the shamu blanket
PMS- Pulse, Motor skills, Sensory
RIT - Rapid Intervention Team - (a separate rescue team in case of emergency
RSI - Rapid Sequence Intubation
SAMPLE- Signs, Allergies, Meds, Past history, Last eaten, Events
TIA - Temporary ischemic attack (temporary stroke like symptoms)
TX - Transport
Vol - Volunteer
Blessed be the Lord, my strength, who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight. Psalms 144:1
That is the Biblical way of saying, "Sight Alignment...Trigger control."
Last edited by groverglock; 10-13-2010 at 05:24..